Chicago Botanic Gardens popular Model Railroad Garden, showcasing several new features, runs through Oct. 27.
Updated: November 6, 2013 3:16AM
SECOND CITY: Piper’s Alley, 1608 N. Wells. (312) 337-3992. “The Second City’s 101st Revue, Let Them Eat Chaos,” “Clown Car Named Desire” and “What The Tour Guide Didn’t Tell You” will be performed through September. Tickets are $30.50-35.50 for each.
ZANIES: 1548 N. Wells. (312) 337-4027. Adam Ray, Sept. 7-8. Rising Star Showcase, Sept. 9. Butch Bradley, Sept. 10-11, 13-15. Jon Reep, Sept. 12.
ZANIES: Pheasant Run Resort and Spa on North Avenue in St. Charles. (630) 513-1761. Andy Woodhull, Sept. 7. Brian Hicks and Denise Ramsden, Sept. 11-12, 14. Jon Reep, Sept. 13.
ZANIES: MB Financial Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. (847) 813-0484. Butch Bradley, Sept. 7, 12. Dobie Maxwell, Sept. 11. Brian Hicks and Denise Ramsden, Sept. 13. Jon Reep, Sept. 14.
DOWNTOWN DOWNERS GROVE: Intersection of Main Street and Burlington Avenue. (847) 926-4300; www.downersgroveartfstival.com. Art Festival Sept. 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be over 130 juried artists, food, fun for kids and more.
NAVY PIER: 600 E. Grand Ave. (312) 222-9328; www.navypier.com. Shoreline Sightseeing Architecture River Tour through Oct. 1. Fares are $32-35, seniors are $29-32 and children are $18-21. Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Tour on Lake Michigan through Oct. 1. Fares are $18-19, seniors are $17-18 and children are $8-9.
UNDER THE SUN
BROOKFIELD ZOO: First Avenue between Ogden Avenue and 31st Street. (708) 688-8000. Dinosaurs are back and this time they are bigger and badder than ever. See your ferocious favorites up close like the Triceratops, as well as obscure dinosaur species with unusual characteristics, like feathers. Dinosaurs Alive! is $5 and $3 for children and seniors over 65 in addition to general zoo admission. Children 2 and under are free.
CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. (847) 556-1778. www.chicagobotanic.org. Public farmers’ market open the first and third Sundays of the month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Oct. 20. Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America open through Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Admission is $6 and $4 for children ages 3 to 12. Focusing on Nature: Second Annual Student Botanical Photography exhibition on display through Sept. 29. Roadside Flower Sale Sept. 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hold on to summer and shop one-of-a-kind natural plant and dried flower arrangements at the sale. Proceeds benefit the Garden.
MORTON ARBORETUM: I-88 and Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, www.mortonarb.org. Celebrate the exciting world of bugs with the David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibition through Sept. 8. September is National Honey Month and Honey Bee Weekend will be held Sept. 7-8. Join the Arboretum’s beekeeper and learn about honeybees during a beehive tour, peruse honey and bee-themed products at the Honey Bee Expo, enjoy the ancient drink of mead during a Honey Mead Dinner, or attend a Lunch & Learn talk to hear one of the country’s top bee experts discuss the future of honeybees.